Again always happy to be back. In particular I had a good conversation with a man about how long he has been in Memphis and about his two daughters and how much the school systems haven't changed in years and how that affects the communities.
Happy as always to have been back at one of my favorite organizations in Memphis. As someone who grew up working in the soup kitchen with my family, it always feels great to get back in and give back to my community.
We made meals for everyone and I got to talk to a few people about their life stories and what high schools they went to many years ago and talk about the commonalities we still share despite age differences
We prepared food, enjoyed a nice service that allowed me to reflect upon conflicts in my life and how I approach them, and then packed everything back up again.
I went in and helped make the food which they had me mix the chicken salad with my hands (with gloves on) which was odd, but honestly a great technique for mixing it. I got to speak with some of the younger people and youth who attend about why they come and it was honestly super humbling.
love coming back to this place every time I get a chance.
Really enjoyed having the opportunity to sit down and eat with everyone and just talk. The older women across from me broke down in tears talking about her involvement with Jacob's well and how much it has changed her life, and that experience was crazy humbling because of the generation gap and how much we still have in common.
As always, I absolutely love coming here and volunteering my time to a place so humbling. It never fails to make me smile. I love interacting with everyone. I had an interesting conversation with an elderly man, from a wealthy neighborhood who comes, simply for fun. He talked about how I shouldn't focus as much on making sure the details are perfected, as I should learning people's names and getting to know them.
Overall this semester, outside of taking 20 credit hours, I also served 37+ hours (only 30 are needed for scholarship for that) in various places around the theatre building from ushering Be More Chill, to volunteering many hours in the costume shop, to doing two shows, filling in for a stage manager, painting sets, etc. I love it so much and am entirely consumed by it whether I want to be or not, which is fine with me honestly. I served directly with the community ushering because I was talking with and helping people outside of the university. I also ushered the student matinee where I got to speak with a lot of potential incoming freshmen and high schoolers here in the city and help them out and fill them in on what happens here at the University of Memphis, both inside and outside of the theatre department.
I came in and A group of students from Belmont was also volunteering that night, which was really neat because I got to speak with them about their alternative break experience here in Memphis, but they weren't terribly conversational. But basically I arrived at 4:30 and and I went in and washed my hands and began to make sandwiches and mix up the ingredients for chicken salad. We then assembled all of the food onto plates and around 6:15 we started handing them out to the people coming through for food and it was very heart warming. I especially loved doing this because I grew up working in a soup kitchen on the first Sunday of every month for years and my family just kind of stopped going but I loved it, so again it was nice to finally return.